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Black and white photo of Richard Harvey Cain

Richard Harvey Cain

Minister, abolitionist, legislator

Tommy Caldwell is wearing a light colored cowboy hat. The rim is outlined in black. He is holing a light and dark guitar.

Tommy Caldwell

From Spartanburg, SC, Tommy Caldwell was the bassist and original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980. 

A stern looking John C. Calhoun wearing a dark suit and light color undershirt.

John C. Calhoun

Born in McCormick County, John Calhoun was a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and the 7th Vice-President of the United States.

A standing woman holding a baby in front of a group of women.

Maude Evelyn Daniel Callen

Maude Callen served as a nurse and midwife to the poor people of Berkeley County, SC

Bronze relief portrait of Robert Campbell

Robert Blair Campbell

Born in Marlboro County, Robert Blair Campbell was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 3rd district.

Emory Shaw Campbell

Emory Shaw Campbell

Born in Hilton Head Island, SC, Emory Shaw Campbell is an author and community leader among the Gullah people who live in the coastal Lowcountry region of South Carolina. 

A smiling Carroll Campbell wearing a black suit with a garnet, black and white striped tie.

Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

Born in Greenville, SC, Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. was a U.S. Congressman and Governor of South Carolina from 1987-1995.

William Campbell


Portrait of Francis Cardozo

Francis Cardozo

Born in Charleston, SC, Francis Cardozo was a leading political figure in the Radical Reconstruction political environment and the first African American to hold a statewide office in the United States.

Black and white photo Wilbur Joseph Cash.

Wilbur Joseph Cash

Wilbur Joseph Case was a writer and journalist known for writing The Mind of the South.

Daniel Chamberlain wearing a dark coat over a dark suit. He is sitting down.

Daniel Henry Chamberlain

Daniel Henry Chamberlain was the governor of South Carolina from 1874-1876.

A smiling Chubby Checker wearing a checkered suit jacket.

Chubby Checker

Born in Spring Gulley (Andrews, SC) with the name Ernest Evans, Chubby Checker is a singer best known for “The Twist.”

Mary Boykin Chesnut wearing a dark dress with a crossed white collar.

Mary Boykin Chesnut

Born near Statesburg, SC, Mary Boykin Chesnut was married to an aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and she kept a famous diary vividly describing events during the Civil War.

Alice Childress wearing a dark outfit and a pearl necklace.

Alice Childress

Born in Charleston, SC Alice Childress was a novelist, playwright, and actress. She is known as the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades.

Black and white photograph of Abbie Christensen holding a child in her lap

Abbie Holmes Christ

Folklorist, educator, suffragist

Mark Clark in military uniform.

Mark Clark

Mark Wayne Clark was a U.S. Army officer during World War II. He commanded the Allied forces during the successful Italian campaign against the Axis powers. 

Septima Clark wearing a dark jacket, light colored shirt, pearl earrings and pearl necklace.

Septima Poinsette Clark

Septima Poinsette Clark was an African American educator and activist for equal rights who worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An older Thomas Green Clemson with a large white beard.

Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green Clemson was a statesman, ambassador, US Superintendent of Agriculture, and founder of Clemson University.

Painting of Benjamin Cleveland on horseback

Benjamin Cleveland

Benjamin Cleveland was an officer in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolution and a resident of Oconee County.

A smiling James Clyburn wearing a dark pinstripe suit.

James Clyburn

James Enos Clyburn is a U.S. Congressman and a democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

A smiling Mignon Clyburn wearing a blue suit. The collar is outlined in black.

Mignon L. Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn was the first African American woman to head the Federal Communications Commission.

Smiling Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Gilda Cobb-Hunter is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 66 in Orangeburg County.

Line drawing of Dave Cockrum

Dave Cockrum

Dave Cockrum is most known for being the creator of Marvel's X-Men characters, Thunderbird, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm.

Black and white sketch of Lady of Cofachiqui with deSoto and his soldiers

Lady of Cofitachequi

(1540) The leader of a powerful chiefdom, the “Lady” of Cofitachiqui encountered Hernando de Soto and his conquistadors in 1540 as they passed through her territory (probably near the modern town of Camden). Narratives by the Spanish, including Garcilaso de la Vega, portray the encounter as a chivalrous and romantic one, in which the Lady formed a pact of friendship and peace with de Soto by offering him a magnificent strand of pearls from around her neck and graciously supplying provisions.

David Coker wearing a light suit and dark tie.

David Robert Coker

David Robert Coker was a Hartsville, SC businessman and philanthropist who founded the “Coker’s Pedigreed Seed Catalogue” in 1914.

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James Lide Coker

Businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist born in Darlington, SC. Coker was educated at the Citadel and Harvard where he studied to better prepare himself for managing agricultural property.

Color photograph of Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Wife of James Lide Coker III, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker was the author of nine historical romance novels based on southern and South Carolina cultural life.

Stephen Colbert wearing dark rimmed glasses a dark sweater and light shirt.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report.

A smiling Cady Coleman in space floating. She wears a green shirt while a clarinet and flute float in front of her.

Catherine Coleman

Charleston native, Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman is a chemist, a former U.S. Air Force colonel, and a retired NASA astronaut. 

A smiling Monique Coleman wearing a red dress.

Monique Coleman

Adrienne Monique Coleman is an actress best known for her role in Disney's High School Musical movies. 

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Mike Colter

Mike Colter is an actor best known for his role as Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A smiling Pat Conroy wearing a black jacket and yellow shirt.

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was a popular novelist who has written many popular books such as The Prince of Tides.

A stern looking Thomas Cooper wearing a dark color coat, vest, and white necktie.

Thomas Cooper

 Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and second president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.

British painter Thomas Coram painted Mulberry Plantation in about 1800 when the house still had 4,000 acres and two rows of service buildings.

Thomas Coram

Thomas Coram was an 18th-century landscape artist who painted the Mulberry Plantation in Berkeley County, SC.

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Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is a children's book author and illustrator from Greenville, SC.

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James Jude Courtney

James Jude Courtney is an actor best known for playing Michael Myers in the Halloween film franchise.

Print of YAMASEE WAR, 1715. Governor Craven of South Carolina attacks the Yamasee Native Americans

Charles Craven

Charles Craven was the governor of the colony of South Carolina from 1711-1716.

A smiling middle-aged man.

Napoleon Brown "Nappy Brown" Culp

Nappy Brown was an R&B singer best known for his hits "Don't Be Angry" and "Little By Little."

Ann Pamela Cunningham in a dark dress with a light color collar

Ann Pamela Cunningham

Ann Pamela Cunningham was the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association that purchased and preserved Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

Color photograph of Bennie Cunningham

Bennie Lee Cunningham, Jr.

Bennie Lee Cunningham, Jr. was a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.